This is one of the biggest bye weeks so far, since some top fantasy players will be off. The waiver wire is important every week and could be more crucial in this one. The Browns, Buccaneers, Panthers and Steelers are off in Week 7.
Below are players I recommend adding who are owned in under 40% of leagues on Yahoo, ESPN or CBS.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets
It was clear the Jets' skill players would gain value with the return of Darnold, and he didn't disappoint against the Cowboys. Darnold passed for 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. While Darnold isn't recommended against the Patriots in Week 7, the schedule ahead is excellent. After the Patriots, the Jets face the Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Jones excelled in his first start against the Buccaneers, putting expectations at an unrealistic level. He passed for 336 yards with two touchdowns and four carries for 28 yards with two scores. It was a great matchup, but he's been inconsistent since with three touchdowns and six interceptions against the Redskins, Vikings and Patriots. Jones is back in play this week against the Cardinals, who allow the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. While the Cardinals will get cornerback Patrick Peterson back from suspension, the Giants could have some weapons back, too.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
Edmonds was drafted in many competitive leagues and was picked up last week in others. He's still on the waiver wire in other formats, and with bye weeks and injuries, he can be considered as a start in deeper formats. David Johnson was dealing with a back injury and was able to play and got most of the touches, but Edmonds still played a role and scored for the second consecutive week. Edmonds had five carries for 34 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards with a touchdown. The week prior, Edmonds had eight carries for 68 yards with a score and three catches for 18 yards. The Cardinals are a high-paced offense, and while the role is limited, he should be on a roster.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams had success running the ball early against the 49ers and then went away from it. Todd Gurley could return in Week 7, but between his arthritic knee and quad injury, there's concern going forward. Brown had 11 carries for 40 yards against a tough 49ers defense.
Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Snell can't help this week with the Steelers on a bye, but James Conner has a quad injury and Jaylen Samuels will miss about a month with a knee injury. Snell had 17 carries for 75 yards and caught a 14-yard pass against the Chargers in Week 6. After the bye week, the Steelers take on the Dolphins. Even if Conner is ready to go, Snell could see some touches and he's at least a handcuff for Conner while Samuels is sidelined.
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins aren't appealing for fantasy. They are the worst team in the NFL and there won't be many scoring opportunities. While the Dolphins used three running backs in Week 6, Walton got the start and had six carries for 32 yards and caught five of six targets for 43 yards. The Dolphins don't seem to be enamored with Kenyon Drake, who had 16 touches, and Kalen Ballage has looked bad. While Drake had more touches, Walton had 75 yards compared to 70 for Drake on five less touches. There's a good chance Walton, who played 45% of the snaps in Week 6, gets more chances the rest of the way, making him an add in deeper formats.
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
He shouldn't be on the waiver wire. He would be a top running back every week if Dalvin Cook were to miss time. Mattison played 30% of the snaps in Week 6 and almost scored a touchdown. While most of the carries came in the fourth quarter with the Vikings holding a double-digit lead, Mattison had 14 rushes for 63 yards.
Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
Henderson finally saw some touches with Todd Gurley out in Week 6. There are indications Gurley could return in Week 7, but Henderson showed some good burst on a couple of carries against the 49ers. Henderson played 28% of the snaps and had six carries for 39 yards, including a 22-yard run and caught a nine-yard pass in a game where the Rams offense was stymied. Henderson might not be involved much with Gurley back, but they might decided they could use his speed out of the backfield.
Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
Tate has been in this article the last couple of weeks and he's still available in some leagues. Tate has played at least 88% of the snaps in four consecutive games, and in an offense that is constantly playing from behind. Tyler Boyd had the tough matchup against the Ravens against cornerback Marlon Humphrey, allowing Tate to get 12 targets. Tate made some tough catches and finished with five receptions for 91 yards. It's the second time in four games Tate had double-digit targets. He has reached double-digit points in PPR formats in three of the last four games.
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills
Beasley might have been dropped in some leagues with the Bills on bye last week. While Beasley doesn't have a high ceiling, he has a high floor in PPR formats. Beasley has at least nine points in PPR formats in four of five games and has 38 targets in five games. With the Dolphins ahead in Week 7, Beasley is in a good spot to produce.
Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers
It's difficult to trust any 49ers wide receiver. They are a run-oriented team and the defense has been excellent, which limits the targets in the passing game. Pettis has been playing more snaps and slowly emerging as the receiver to have in this offense. Pettis was second on the team with six targets against the Rams, trailing tight end George Kittle, who had eight targets. Pettis almost scored a touchdown and had three receptions for 45 yards. The 49ers will play the Redskins this week and then the Cardinals in two of the next five after that.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins will play from behind every week and pass often. The touchdown upside isn't there, but Parker can be used in deeper formats. Parker has reached double-digit points in PPR formats in three of five games and has scored in two straight games. He has 28 targets in five games.
Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots
Dorsett missed last week with a hamstring injury and could return to a bigger role if he can go in Week 7, especially if the Josh Gordon knee injury keeps him out. Tom Brady has a good connection with Dorsett. In three full games where Dorsett was playing often, he has 20 targets and scored three touchdowns.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
The Patriots have a few injuries at wide receiver. Josh Gordon left the game last week with a knee injury and Phillip Dorsett sat out with a hamstring injury. Depending on their status, Meyers could play a big role in Week 7 against the Jets. He caught all four of his targets for 57 yards against the Giants last week.
Duke Williams, Buffalo Bills
Williams went from the practice squad to playing a good amount in Week 5 prior to the Bills' bye week. Williams played 50 of 64 snaps and caught all four targets for 29 yards with a touchdown. The Bills have a great schedule ahead, starting with the Dolphins this week.
Zay Jones, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders were on bye last week and Jones was traded to the Raiders from Buffalo before the bye week. While it could take some time to adjust to a new offense, the Raiders are in need of another target. He's more for deep leagues if you have a spot to stash.
N'Keal Harry, New England Patriots
Harry is eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 9 and he was taken in the first round by the Patriots. He's a stash in deep formats while he can be acquired cheaply.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets
Herndon was eligible to return from suspension in Week 6, but he injured his hamstring running routes and had to sit out. While he could miss another game or two, the Jets' schedule gets better and the offense is clearly better with Sam Darnold. Herndon has upside.
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
The Bills are coming off a bye and Knox was beginning to get more involved in the offense. The Bills face the Dolphins in Week 7, making Knox at least a streamer. Over the last four games, Knox has 16 targets and had at least 58 yards in two of the games while scoring one touchdown.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans
Tight end is thin on the waiver wire and Will Dissly owners are likely searching for an option. Fells has been hit or miss. He had three catches in two games prior to Week 6 and two went for touchdowns. Against the Chiefs, he played every snap and caught six of seven targets for 69 yards. In the last five games, Fells has five red-zone targets, and when looking for a tight end to stream, getting a touchdown is the goal.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland Browns
The Browns' defense has been a disappointment and they have a bye in Week 7. Still, Seals-Jones is at least seeing some targets downfield. He caught three passes for 82 yards with a touchdown in Week 4 and followed with one target against the 49ers. In Week 6, he caught three of six targets for 47 yards with a touchdown.
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